Explore the best of Redlands Coast in our 1-day travel guide, highlighting the most popular locations within the area.
Easily accessible from Brisbane, you can reach the outskirts of Redlands within 30 minutes, it makes for a great road trip or family day out. Additionally, it’s only a 1-hour drive from the Gold Coast too.
Start Your Morning At King Island
King Island for many is a highlight of their visit to the Redlands Coast. Located in Wellington Point, King Island is a small island situated 1km from land. What’s special about it? Well, you can only access the island at low tide, otherwise the sand bank is underwater. Timing is everything when visiting this island. Most visitors try to arrange their visit for sunrise or sunset when the tide is low as it makes for a spectacular viewing spot. It’s also a popular dog walking location. The island itself has a short path through the middle and you’re able to look back towards the coast. It’s a nice spot to sit and relax but make sure you don’t miss the tide, otherwise you’ll be waiting a while to walk the 1km back to the coast.
Accessible by the same car park in Wellington Point as King Island, it’s also worth visiting Wellington Point Jetty. It’s a fairly nice lookout spot but the real draw is its location. If you’re an early riser then it’s a fantastic place for sunrise photography.
Breakfast In Manly
The bayside suburb of Manly is a great stop to find a good breakfast. There’s a decent selection of cafes to choose from. If you’re looking for a view with breakfast then head to the esplanade and it shouldn’t be too long before you find a café of choice. Otherwise, there are also eateries situated on the parallel streets, including Bare Naked Bowls and Cambridge Lane Espresso + Kitchen.
Walk breakfast off by taking a stroll along Manly harbour. Here you can watch punters race remote-controlled boats and browse the dozens of boats moored in the harbour. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you’re in luck as the Manly Creative Markets will be on too.
View The Famous Wynnum Wading Pool
North of Manly you’ll come across the suburb of Wynnum. This coastal spot has a fantastic esplanade; it can get busy on the weekends with families and walkers enjoying a brisk walk with the coastal views. There is also the Wynnum Jetty to walk along, a popular fishing spot. Alternatively, the area is well known for its large oval-shaped wading pool. Opened to the public in 1933, the tidal pool is a great place for children to play, safely, in the water.
Enjoy Wine Tasting At Sirromet Wines
Located inland on Mount Cotton, Sirromet Wines is a family-run winery. Running tours, tasting sessions, weddings and outdoor live music dining. In the past, it has hosted famous musicians and the grounds are spectacular. There is a lagoon and a lavender field situated on the property. There are a number of experiences on offer, including picnicking within the lavender fields or a 30-minute wine tasting session. It’s extremely affordable too, at just $5 per person for the wine tasting.
Spot Wildlife On The Eddie Santagiuliana Way Nature Walk
Great by foot or cycle, the Eddie Santagiuliana Way walk is a picturesque trail stretching 8kms. A mix of boardwalk and concrete paths, it’s a leisurely walk, suitable for most. Spot wetlands, creeks, mangroves and bushland. The highlight of this trail though is that you’re likely to spot a koala in the branches above, as well as numerous birds. It’s a wildlife lover’s dream.
Step Back In Time At Ormiston House
One of Redlands Coast’s best-loved historic treasures, the beautiful homestead overlooks Moreton Bay. Built between 1858 and 1865, it has been carefully restored over the years to allow visitors to embrace one of Queensland’s finest examples of colonial architecture. It is open to the public on Sundays between midday and 4pm and is entirely run by volunteers, who are enthusiastic to talk to the public about the history of the house and its grounds.
Catch The Sunest At Cleveland Point Lighthouse
Cleveland Point Light, also known as Point Cleveland Light, is a lighthouse located on the north-eastern tip of Cleveland Point. The lighthouse overlooks Moreton Bay to the east and Raby Bay to the west. If you’re visiting, pack a blanket and a picnic, it’s a great location to sit in the afternoon sun and watch the sun go down over the horizon. Not only is it a great sunset location but the lighthouse itself has an interesting history. It’s the second lighthouse to stand there, built in 1865 and it’s unusual due to the hexagonal frame, rather than the traditional round. Also, don’t fret if you forgot to pack food. The locally loved Lighthouse Restaurant is across the carpark, offering spectacular ocean dining views and fish ‘n’ chip takeaways.